Inside: Feather Hair Extensions are Back 2021

Let’s talk about Feather Hair Extensions… As quickly as the trend came into our lives, it was gone. But like low-rise jeans, Juicy Couture tracksuits, and chunky blonde highlights, feather hair extensions are back.

They are all the rage this season! 

For the past two weeks, my daughter was having a fit for some of these colorful ways to jazz up her hair. 

Feather Hair Extensions how to

So why put feathers in your hair? Putting feathers in your hair is a bold way to show that you have an amazing bohemian style. Feathers come in all different shapes and colors, so you can choose one that looks great with your hair color and texture.

Plus with their growing popularity with kids’ favorite TikTok stars sporting the look, who wouldn’t want to join in on this trend?

Where do feather extensions come from?

Feather extensions come from roosters, or more specifically, from the backs of roosters that are specially bred to produce unnaturally long and striking saddle feathers.

What are hair feathers made of?

Quills, horns, hair, feathers, claws, and baleen are all composed of a fibrous protein called keratin.

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How To Put In Feather Hair Extensions at Home

Start by Choosing Your Feathers: You can fit up to five feathers in one extension for an extremely feathery look, but most people choose to go with two to three. Pick feathers that look good next to each other. They can both be the same color, or you could go with two different colors for a striking effect.

Where to place feather hair extensions:  You don’t want to bury it in the middle of your hair but place it close to the top or maybe by your hairline for one that shows from underneath. Then select a tiny section of hair to attach the feather to.

Place Bead: To place the bead, pick a section of hair, clip the other hair away from the area you are working on, at the base of the hair at the scalp grab a section of hair the size of a small pea.

How to Put in Feather Extensions

Load the crimp bead: Take your bead and slide it on the end of your needle. Take the hair section and wrap it around the end of the needle and catch a small hook on end, hold tight, slide the bead up, again hold hair section tight and pull the hair through the bead. Not all the hair will go through because of the silicone inside the bead. That is ok, just make sure you do have a good amount of hair in the bead or the weight of the extension will pull the hair out and can cause permanent hair loss.

Place Feather: Once you have the hair through the bead just slip the hard end root of the feather under the bead next to or on top of the hair.  Position the bead on the hair shaft, close to the scalp…for kids about 1/2 to 1 inch from the scalp, for adults about 1/4in or more from the scalp, getting too close to the scalp can cause pain when sleeping. Also if your hair is fine, put the feather in a thicker area, not too close to the hairline. This can also cause breakage.

Secure in Place: Next take a pair of needle-nose pliers and crush the bead flat so it will lay flat against the head, squeeze as tight as you can.  And that’s it!!

How to Care for Your Feather Extensions

Most feather hair extensions will last up to three months. Of course, it all depends on how well you take care of them. Follow these helpful tips to enjoy your extensions for as long as possible.

How to care for Feather Hair Extensions

  1. Use a mild shampoo and dry them on low heat
  2. If you need to store them, put them in a protective bag. Keep in mind that they will adopt the shape in which you put them, but they easily straightened
  3. Be aware of the link when you wash and brush your hair. This can be easy to forget because the soft feathers will start to feel like part of your hair. Never brush over the link – only the feathers.
  4. As your hair grows, the link will move away from your scalp. Generally, it’s around the 2-week mark that this becomes a possible issue, so be careful!
  5. When it comes time to re-install your feathers, the process is easy – just move the link up to your scalp. This is a great time to change out colors!

Now to remove: DO NOT PULL THE BEAD OUT OF YOUR HAIR!! You will lose hair or have really bad breakage!  Just take the pliers and clamp the bead and squeeze the two ends that are flat so they open and slide the bead out of the hair.

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